Student Survival Kits for South African Youth

by These Numbers Have Faces

These Numbers Have Faces has reached our funding goal for Student Survival Kits for South African Youth (8652) through a combination of Global Giving and private donations. The program will continue as a contingency fund providing students with the supplies and resources that are needed to thrive in college. Through this project, students have received and will continue to receive transportation stipends to get to class and programmatic meetings, stipends to pay for academic necessities such as photocopies, academic tutoring and English literacy classes, and emergency housing and food assistance.

 These Numbers Have Faces has a committed private donor and a family foundation who will continue to support our Student Survival Kit (contingency fund) in order to keep the program running successfully.

Kids in Rwanda
Kids in Rwanda

Thank you all for your end of the year support! December was a extremely successful fundraising month for These Numbers Have Faces (TNHF), which allows me to share this exciting news. Because of the support of people like you, TNHF is expanding its college scholarship and community impact program to Rwanda! We have established the Rwanda Education Initiative (REI), which will provide the opportunity for four young women to participate in the Esther Home holistic scholarship program in Kigali, Rwanda.  Participants in the program are given a four-year college scholarship, college housing, food, transportation, financial literacy training, health care, books and supplies. 

Below is a link to a blog written by These Numbers Have Faces Executive Director reflecting on his time in Rwanda. 

Our Student Survival Kit campaign has become a type of contingency fund and has served to bless our students in ways we had not anticipated. Aside from providing money for things such as personal supplies, photocopies for class, transportation to and from the university and English tutoring, the funds are also being used to provide housing and food for two young women in the program. Both of these women were in very dangerous living situations in the townships that affected their ability to study and prepare for class. Our South Africa staff worked hard to secure safe home-stay situations that are religiously and culturally appropriate for each young woman. 

Thank you again for your continued support,

Sarah Levy

New TNHF student with her brother and sisters
New TNHF student with her brother and sisters
Young women from the Ester Home with TNHF ED
Young women from the Ester Home with TNHF ED



Wow. It has been an incredible year. We have grown so much in 2011 and it is thrilling to see the growth and impact of the These Numbers Have Faces (TNHF).

First year Law Student, Alutho Mtati had this to say about being a TNHF Scholar:

“The program has given me an opportunity to grow as a person. Through this program I know the power that I have to make my life better, as well as to better my community. TNHF is a community in itself, because in the program we are not just numbers, we have faces. The personal touch in the program is amazing because we know that we always have someone in our corner.” –Alutho Mtati

2012 is going to be a great year. We are adding four more students to the South Africa program and are committed to providing all twenty of our students with the tools necessary to be successful in the classroom. The student survival kits are essential to academic success. Our students tell us that because they don't have to worry about how they will get to class, whether or not they can afford stationary, pens, and personal care items, and they know that they will not go hungry, they can now focus on their classes and do their best. In fact, I am proud to report that all our students passed their classes this last semester and two did so with distiction!

Lastly, because of our success, we are looking to expand our program into other countries in 2012. Our education program is changing lives and we feel inspired to provide the same opportunities for young women around the world.

Our focus will most likely begin in Rwanda, then Southeast Asia, and then onto Latin America.  By expanding the These Numbers Have Faces program, our hope and vision is to empower young women around the world to be leaders of community transformation. 

Thank you for your continued support!



Thank you for your support of the These Numbers Have Faces Student Survival Kits for South African Youth project. While we have only raised $250 through GlobalGiving, we recently received a $5,000 donation from a private donor specifically for the Student Survival Kits.

Having visited our program and meeting our students in South Africa, this donor is passionate about making sure our students are equipped to thrive. Often taken for granted here in the USA, it is easy to forget that not all college students have enough food to power their brains, cash for the bus to get to class, pencils and notebooks, sanitary supplies, and the necessary academic support needed to succeed in class.

Unlike most universities in the USA, the colleges in Cape Town do not offer free tutoring and academic support. Tutoring is essential and expensive. Thanks to your support, we are able to ensure our students in Cape Town have the necessary tools to succeed at university.

However, our work is not done. We are adding four additional students in January and continue to evolve the kits in order to meet the needs of individual students. This may be trauma counseling, emergency housing, or additional food stipends.

Thank you for your continued support. The These Numbers Have Faces mission to educate and empower South African youth to ignite community transformation could not move forward without YOU.

For more info:

Check out our blog:

To see a few of our students at the University of Western Cape:


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These Numbers Have Faces

Location: Portland, OR - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Lauren Eads
Director of Development
Portland, OR United States

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